This year we crossed another item off our bucket list. Having seen those TV programs of trans-continental train journeys, we thought how nice it would be to just relax on a train and be transported from one side of the country to the other. One Wednesday in August, we flew to Sydney to experience our own 4,352km rail odyssey. Arriving at Central Station early, the engine of the Indian Pacific was waiting patiently at the platform.
We checked in our luggage and walked into the city for some lunch. When we returned, the carriages lined both sides of the platform.
We sipped beverages and nibbled canapés while being entertained for an hour or so prior to boarding.
We found our cabin
and made ourselves at home
as we left Central Station behind.
Once our carriage attendant had familiarised us with the routine and off-train excursions, we made our way along the corridor,
through four carriages, to the Outback Explorer Lounge.
Many an hour was whiled away and a few bevvies imbibed in the comfort of the lounge.
I finished the book on the journey and left it behind for others to enjoy. The superb meals were served in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant and it was a great way to get to know our fellow travellers.
While we were out, the cabin elves created a cosy bedroom.
There was only one thing left to do after a long day.